Mário Machado goes free with fortnightly presentations – Portugal

Mário Machado goes free with a fortnightly presentation to the authorities, the Criminal Instruction judge decided this Friday. “It’s a victory for me but it’s a defeat for democracy,” said the far-right militant after learning about the coercive measure.

“The conditions for me to exercise my right to freedom of expression are not met. As of today, I will withdraw from social media,” said Mário Machado as he left the court. Former leader of the New Social Order says he is unable to continue active in political life and that the judge wanted to keep him in prison for eight years for a text he wrote on social media. “Never in a democracy has such a thing been seen,” said Mário Machado.

Speaking at the exit from the court, Mário Machado’s lawyer said that the client is “satisfied” and that there was not enough matter for a criminal framework that would frame preventive detention.

The far-right activist and former leader of the New Social Order party was arrested this week for possession of an illegal weapon following an investigation on suspicion of a crime of incitement to hatred and violence.

Source: Correio da Manhã by www.cmjornal.pt.

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